Energy Justice Tour – 31/10/12

Energy Justice Tour 1: Wednesday 31st October (half term holiday)

This event will be targeting unconventional/ extreme energy, specifically looking at the extraction of oil from tar sands.

Tailings pond north of Syncrude

Tailings pond north of Syncrude
Photo: David-Dodge, Pembina Institute

Canada’s tar sands are the biggest energy project in the world, currently producing 1.5 million barrels of oil a day. Largely located in Alberta, the tar sands deposits are distributed over an area of 140,000 km² – an area larger than England. Already, millions of barrels of tar sands oil have been extracted from under the Canadian wilderness, producing three to five times as many greenhouse gas emissions as conventional oil extraction and using enough natural gas every day to heat 3.2 million Canadian homes. Add to this the mass deforestation the project is causing and it becomes clear that the tar sands must be shut down if we are serious about tackling disastrous climate change. In fact, leading climate scientist James Hansen has stated that runaway climate change will be almost inevitable if tar sands extraction is allowed to continue.

Campaign demands

  • UK Government must ratify the EU commission’s Fuel Quality Directive
  • RBS and other banks must stop financing Tar Sands and fossil fuel corporations must stop Tar Sands activities

The event

  • 11-1 Stall outside RBS, Market Place, Huddersfield
  • 1.15-2.15 Leafleting outside Shell Petrol Station, Westbourne Road.

Please email kirkleesccc@hotmail.co.uk  for more information

Resources

Tar Sands
Tar Sands developments and impacts http://www.no-tar-sands.org/what-are-the-tar-sands/

Keeping Tar Sands out of the EU http://www.no-tar-sands.org/campaigns/ceta/

Lobbying Nick Clegg and the Lib Dems http://www.no-tar-sands.org/2012/08/tell-nick-clegg-to-keep-tar-sands-out-of-europe/

Financing Tar Sands http://www.no-tar-sands.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/NEW-RBS-BRIEFING.pdf

Tar Sands and corporations http://www.no-tar-sands.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/IEN_Shell_Factsheet-webNTSN.pdf

Resources http://www.no-tar-sands.org/resources/

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